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#30234 - 26 Apr 06 09:25 Muslims in space
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A two-day conference on Islam and life in space is under way in Malaysia, in a bid to answer questions faced by would-be Muslim astronauts.

Malaysia is due to send an astronaut into space with the Russians next year.

The country's first spaceman is almost certain to be a Muslim, which raises a number of practical issues.

For instance, Muslims wash before they pray but not only is water a precious commodity in space, but it is also impractical in weightlessness.

Likewise, the faithful face Mecca. However, that will mean pin-pointing a moving location while in zero gravity.

And Muslim prayer times are linked to those of the sunrise and sunset, but in orbit the sun appears to rise and set more than a dozen times a day.

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Malaysia's science ministry has called together a group of experts to thrash out these and other questions.

It is being billed as the first-ever serious discussion of the issues.

It is in keeping with the Malaysian government's mission to promote what it calls Islam Hadhari, or civilisational Islam, which encourages Muslims to embrace education, science and technology.

It will doubtless be hoping that a conference of Muslim scientists and scholars debating such cutting edge issues will not go unnoticed in the rest of the Islamic world.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/4941816.stm

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#30235 - 26 Apr 06 20:12 Re: Muslims in space
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Spaceman Spiff will need to take his compass with him so he knows where Mecca is while in space.

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#30236 - 26 Apr 06 23:30 Re: Muslims in space
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#30237 - 27 Apr 06 04:26 Re: Muslims in space
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I had this image in my head of all the muslim spacemen being sick cos they were trying to pray and couldnt get Mecca to stop moving
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#30238 - 27 Apr 06 07:12 Re: Muslims in space
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Originally posted by Dilligaf -HMFIC:
I am not going down this road!
There's no road in space, my man.

And I have to correct myself on prvious post. Compass is not usable in space either.

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#30239 - 27 Apr 06 07:20 Re: Muslims in space
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Imagine a thousand call to prayer's a day. (shiver's at memories of first few nights trying to sleep next to a mega mosque). How are they going to get all of those annoying boys playing gituar's and singing "Sahur" at Ramadan to pass the message on, saying that the bloody racket they made when I was there last year could probably wake a spaceman up, just not an Indonesian muslim sleeping 5 metres away. I think those "Sahur" boys knew there was a bule in my house, as they seemed to only ever wake ME up! hah hah
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#30240 - 27 Apr 06 07:22 Re: Muslims in space
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Maggie, did you watch the Champions League this morning? What a game!

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#30241 - 27 Apr 06 07:27 Re: Muslims in space
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Nah, missed it, was at work, heard that Barca and Arsenal are in the final.....who you picking?? Barca for me, think they will liveup to the big stage better....but it would be nice to have an english team win it, even if the are actually french!
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#30242 - 27 Apr 06 07:41 Re: Muslims in space
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I think it would be Barca, but last year unexpectedly it was Liverpool. So this time around the underdog could still win it. But by gee, it would be the best attacking team vs the best defensive team.

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#30243 - 27 Apr 06 08:11 Re: Muslims in space
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Yep, it should be a really interesting game, hopefully Arsenal will come out in a goal getting mood, forgot to tell you, Newcastle are actually looking at a European spot this year, if they win the last two games (1 of them is Chelski at home, could be interesting). The amazing rollercoater life of a NUFC fan.
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